Oleksiy Arestovych offered to resign after he stated Ukraine’s air defences were responsible for the strike on an apartment building in Dnipro resulting in over 44 deaths
The advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, Oleksiy Arestovych has offered to resign following a statement he made that said the Russian missile that hit an apartment building in Dnipro was shot down by forces from Ukraine.
According to a report by the BBC on Tuesday, January 17, Arestovych also issued an apology, adding that he had made a “fundamental error”.
Meanwhile, after the statement of his resignation, Zelensky has not yet made any comments on the matter.
Arestovych had initially said that the Russian missile had fallen on the building after it was shot down by Ukraine’s air defences.
But the Ukraine government had announced that it had been hit by a Russian Kh-22 missile, which the country’s air defenses are incapable of stopping.
Over 44 people were reported to have been killed in the attack and the statement by the presidential advisor, angered the Ukrainian public. Some have even accused him of spreading and strengthening the stance of Russian propagandists, as per the report.
After the statement, some Ukrainian parliamentarians also demanded his dismissal from the government.
In a statement posted on Telegram Arestovych said, “I offer my sincere apologies to the victims and their relatives, the residents of Dnipro and everyone who was deeply hurt by my prematurely erroneous version of the reason for the Russian missile striking a residential building”.
His comments were also used by Russian official who also claimed that the Ukraine was to be blamed for the strike.
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